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Vincent [née Burchell; Birchell], Isabella

Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b 1734–5; d London, June 9, 1802). English soprano. She sang at Vauxhall Gardens from 1751 and, after her marriage to the violinist Richard Vincent (d 1766). made her stage début as Polly in The Beggar’s Opera in September 1760. She created the role of Zaida in Smith’s The Enchanter, was in the new English operas Almena and Pharnaces and played the title role in Arne’s reworking of his Rosamond (1765). Dibdin remembered that she sang ‘songs of ease and sweetness with great delicacy’, but the prompter Hopkins noted that her speaking in the musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was ‘beyond Description bad’. After leaving the stage in 1767 she married Captain Mills, a survivor of the Black Hole of Calcutta, and went with him to India.

BDA LS J. Churchill: The Rosciad (London, 1761) H. Kelly: Thespis, 1 (London, 1766) C. Dibdin...

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Subjects: Opera ; Romantic Music

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